Posts Tagged ‘weather’

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What has me saying, “brrrr!”

February 25, 2019

You’ve seen the perfect arcs of boiling water solidified mid-throw, and perhaps this frozen speeding sign that duplicated itself over 2019’s Polar Vortex, but have you seen ghost apples? Thanks to a Facebook post by farm manager Andrew Sietsma, the phenomenon has captivated the internet, leaving commenters to marvel at the sight of these glass-like specimens that remain after apples have rotted from their icy exterior. Sietsema told CNN that this winter the weather in western Michigan was “just cold enough that the ice covering the apple hadn’t melted yet, but it was warm enough that the apple inside turned to complete mush (apples have a lower freezing point than water).” Jonagolds are one of Sietsema’s favorite apple varieties, but on the farm they are now referred to as “Jonaghosts.”

 

from colossal

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What am I sappy cat blogging

September 21, 2018

More on the hurricane aftermath . . .

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What’s up with the weather?

September 18, 2018

We are about to experience rains from the tail end of Hurricane Florence.  For those of you in the storm zone, here is a quick reference guide for hurricane categories.

It is Tuesday, so . . .

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How does my garden grow?

April 17, 2018

March 31 – beginnings of the 300 bulbs we planted

April 7 – Yay!  here they come!!!

April 15 – growing by leaps and bounds

April 17 – this morning . . . covered in snow

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How’s the weather?

November 21, 2017

 

This cool simulation animation of the 2017 hurricane season is from WordlessTech

 

And it is tattoo Tuesday:

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Why am I all aflutter?

September 12, 2017

When a hurricane is headed their way, what do zoos do?

These flamingos from the Miami Zoo were sheltered in the men’s room when Hurricane Andrew hit Florida in 1992.  Communications Director, Ron Magill said the most frequent question he is asked is when are they going to evacuate the animals. He explained, “the stress of evacuating alone can be enough to kill an animal. Instead, the birds and small mammals of Zoo Miami will ride out the storm in independent kennels or buildings. The larger residents, particularly the carnivores and great apes, will bunker down in their usual indoor holding areas.”

For more on this NPA story of how zoos in Texas and Florida are coping with the storms, click here.

 

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Why am I looking up?

August 10, 2016

A-rare-5-planets-alignment-1“Watch all the 5 bright planets in a rare alignment, just after sunset.”

I walked outside last night to view this phenomenon and was greeted by a thunderstorm…much rain which was appreciated…and a power outage that is still going on (not so much appreciated.)

If your skies are clear, read on:

“Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn, all the 5 planets will be visible just after sunset, during the first few weeks of August.

Venus and Mercury, aren’t so easy see. They are to close to the Western horizon.

This month, there will be conjunctions between the moon and Venus on August 3, the moon and Mercury on August 4, and the moon and Jupiter on August 5. Jupiter and Mercury come closest together for the month on August 19, and then Venus and Jupiter stage a very close conjunction on August 27.

Alan Duffy, an astronomer at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, explains:

“The fainter planets that lie closer to the Sun, such as Mercury and Venus, will be difficult to see so it is best to wait until after sunset for the twilight to fully fade, but before the planets set.

The planets stretch across the sky, anchored to the horizon following the setting Sun.

This is because the entire Solar System is flat like an old vinyl record with the planets moving along these grooves of the record. Looking out from the Earth we will see this as a straight line, known as the ecliptic plane, tracing across the sky.”

from WordlessTech